Thanksgiving is ONE week away. Can you believe it? It’s understandable that if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, your stress levels might go through the roof. Just the entertaining and the turkey dinner is a lot to think about. However, it’s important to remember why we’re all coming together – to be thankful, grateful, appreciative, whatever you want to call it. A lot of us don’t think about what we’re thankful for very often. But when you’re thankful, you’re happy – and that’s why we’re here! Here are 6 things you can be thankful for.
America is the land of the free. The opportunities in this country are absolutely endless. Think about other countries, where poverty and violence are unfortunate ways of life – and then think about how well you have it.
The ability to ride a bike on a fall morning, take a nap when you’re tired, and millions of other things are experiences that not everybody gets to have. Always remember to live in the moment, because life is a collection of experiences.
Family and Friends
Humans need to be loved, and family and friends are there to do that. Life isn’t a popularity contest, and it doesn’t matter if your family and group of friends is large or small. As long as you have people you can talk to, laugh with, and help you through hard times, you have something to be thankful for.
People are so quick to bash technology and the ways it’s ruining civilization. While I agree that life would be better without everybody glued to their cell phones, I always stop and think about the wonders technology has done for our lives. TV shows can keep us entertained for hours! And how about the ability to look up the answer to anything at the touch of a screen! Or what about the ability to connect with old and new friends via social media? It’s all great, and all of that aside, technology has been incredible for helping sick patients in hospitals, catching criminals, etc.
Food, shelter, and clothing are the three main components of life. As long as you have them, there isn’t much else you need to survive. If you have these three things, you’re luckier than many people in this world. Think about this – the ability to even have a Thanksgiving dinner is a gift.
This might seem like a fairly depressing thing to end on, but you need to look at it in an optimistic light. Every single person on this planet has experienced tough times, and we all grown and learn from them. Take a minute to remember these experiences and think about how far you’ve come. Disappointment, fears, pain, and sadness make people think about what’s good in life.
Felicia Walkins is a freelance writer for Jackson Twenty-one. Connect with her on Google+.